Archive for January, 2008

I’ve got the blues….

Posted in Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on January 31, 2008 by Sarah

the sickness blues, that is…. I’ve had too many colds this winter – I’m tired of it! So there isn’t that much going on. Sam’s b-day turned out really nice. His dinner was good, much to my suprise and we got out and took a really nice walk. Then Saturday, we headed up to Grand Forks, was that just this past Saturday? Anyway, Ethan is a cutie. My camera of course is not working, so I have no more updated pictures for you. But trust me, he’s a cutie. Then we came back and Sunday was amazing – it was like 45 degrees! Sam and I went for a nice long walk, saw tons of wildlife, it was a great day! Then the bomb dropped! Monday started out ok, but definitely a little colder and then got progressively freezing! Tuesday we woke up to temps at -20 degrees with a windchill making it feel like -50! I’ve never been so cold in my life. And on top of all that, Mandan had a gas leak on Sunday morning and so they came around and turned our heat off on Sunday and didn’t turn it back on till late Monday night – needless to say Monday was a cold day in our house! But thankfully, Mom and Dad had given us a space heater so we didn’t freeze our toes off! But what a bad time to loose gas. Anyway, we came back home to a toasty house on Monday night, thankfully since thoes insane temps hit on Tuesday morning. Then yesteray, I don’t think temps got much about-10, and today, I heard the high was suppose to be 0. So we are getting ready to embarck on a “HEAT WAVE”! HA! I am too ready for Spring! So we don’t have too much going on. Tonight, we are back with our Student Leadership Team and then right after that, we have the beginning of our new small group – This time we are studying “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell. Thankfully a friend is going to host it at her house, but we have kind of a huge group, so we’ll have to see how it goes! Sam has an art show on Saturday all day at the mall, so that will be an interesting time. You can pray that he gets a lot of interest. We aren’t suppose to sell anything but hopefully people will be interested anyway. Well, I think I’ve been awake too long today. I’m exhausted already – sick, isn’t it? Oh well, you can pray that I start feeling better too! Have a great rest of the week!


A special shout out to Sam!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2008 by Sarah

Even though Sam rarely even recalls that we have a blog, I thought I’d send out a little hooray in honor of him turning the big 3-0 today! He’s been dreading it, he never has liked birthdays, but I try to change that for him. I’ve decided we’re not going to dread them as rememberances of us getting older, but that we are going to use it as a milestone of our lives and how far the Lord has brought us! We’ve both been blessed to have multiple opportunities in our 30 short years of living. The great thing is that I know the Lord has big plans for us even for the next 30 years! So today, instead of celebrating Sam’s birthday and getting older, we are going to celebrate all that God has done in our life! It all started with a great pancake and bacom breakfast!!! Then the weather is quite a bit warmer today, so we’ll do something outside I’m sure this afternoon and for dinner – well, I’m safe in saying that Sam will probably never read this, so I’m making him Seafood Stuffed Shells. He’s been in the mood for them for the last 5 years and no one has ever made them for him. I can barely bring myself to do it since we don’t have access to fresh seafood, only frozen, but for him…… So anyway, I hope it works out well. One thing I’ve noticed that since I got married, it is really hard to suprise your spouse with meals! Well, especially when we are home together all afternoon! Oh well. And gifts, that’s a whole nother thing! When Christmas was 1 month ago exactly and we don’t have all that much money anyway, gifts are kind of… I don’t know. I like getting gifts, but I find we are buying things whenever we want them. Oh well… I”ll probably get him something small anyway. You know it’s pretty bad, when Sam stops by the $ store to pick up some magnetic notepads for my grocery list and I get all excited about them!!! Ha! Oh well…

Other than that, we are heading up to Grand Forks tomorrow to see the Bro family and meet Ethan. It’ll be kind of a long day. It’s a 4 hour drive each way and we are only going for the day, but it’ll be fun. I think Johnny and Judah are coming along, so that’ll be fun!

Nothing else to report at this time – have a great weekend and stay plenty warm!

Just to catch you up….

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Family, Life in these United States on January 22, 2008 by Sarah

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Baby Boy
Birthdate 01/18/2008
Birthtime 09:51 AM
Weight (lbs,oz) 8lbs
Length (in) 20 1/4
Parents Sadie and Nathan
Physician’s Name Lachance

Well, here is a picture of little Ethan. We haven’t had a chance to go up and visit yet. We just got back from Red Lodge and that was a good trip – I tried to take pictures, but it was too cold. Saturday wasn’t too bad, but Sunday – I think I only did 4 runs with 2 breaks in between because it was so cold. You couldn’t get down the bunny hill without your goggles foggin’ up and so it was really hard to see. Then if you took them off, you eyelashes would freeze together…. It makes for very difficuly visibility! But we had a good time. So I only got one picture – of Landon on the lift….


As you can see, it was magically beautiful up there. They had gotten about a foot of snow on Friday night so there was powder everywhere on Saturday – I’ve never seen that much powder when skiing… It was beautiful! So other than that, it was cold but we had a great time!

Have a great week!

We’re now – Uncle Sam and Aunt Sarah!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2008 by Sarah

to a brand new bouncing BOY! Ethan John Bro, 8 lbs, born at 9:51am on 1-18-08!!! Congrats to Nathan and Sadie!

Just a quick note….

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2008 by Sarah

I just found out at 8:15 this morning that my sister-in-law is in labor! Her water broke last night around 9:30 and has been at the hospital ever since, she’s about 8 or 9 cm dialated. So I get to find out soon if we have a little nephew or niece! Pray for her if you think about it – Sadie is her name and her husband Nathan! Thanks!

a bit delayed, but….

Posted in Family, Life in these United States on January 16, 2008 by Sarah

Ok, I know that I said I was going to post pictures about our Sausage Making Adventure on Monday, but frankly, I was having a pretty rough day. Then on Tuesday, I just had to make up for the badness of Monday. Do you ever feel like everything you put your hand to is just not right. I was having one of those days on Monday. I hate those days. Anyway, I had a lot to do yesterday. So here we are – now, we had a great time making sausage, quite the experience. I’d definitely say it’s not going to become one of my favorite hobbies, but an adventure, none-the-less. In fact, I think that Sam is just about finished with Deer Hunting. How about that?! He’s figuring out that those beautiful deer are a lot prettier when they are alive. He’s thinking he’d rather get a good photo of them to paint, rather than shoot them. And then we were awakened to the expense of killing a deer. You think – well, killing your own meat – that’s nice and cheap – think again…. First you have to pay for your tag – $20 or so; then you have to pay for your shells – $35 or so for a box, even though you don’t use the whole box, you have to get them every year because what if you can’t find them or they got rusty, or someone else borrowed some….blah, blah, blah. Ok, now you’ve bagged your deer – you’ve got to take it to a de-boner, if you don’t do it yourself – we spend $70/deer this year just to have him cut up! Now, you have 20 lbs. or so of sausage scraps and 70 lbs. of jerky – at $3/lb. That adds up fast! Now, you can’t just make sausage out of straight venison, so you have to buy pork to mix it in, and the spices, and the casings… and the grinder and the sausage maker….. Quite the experience, and you do end up with sausage that will feed and army for a year, but still, we probably shouldn’t even be eating all that?! So you can see – Sam is content with helping his brother’s find a deer to shoot and letting them deal with the after-effects. He just wants to take a good photo! And who can blame him!? I’m sure that whenever we have kids, this will change, but in the meantime, he may be taking a little break from shooting his own deer. (Although, you know, the minute he doesn’t get a tag, he’s going to see the monsterous of all monster bucks and then not be able to shoot it!:)) What are you going to do? Anyway, my camera was just about out of battery and so I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted, but I thought I’d share a few:

Grinding the meat


Stuffing the sausage


and finally, the almost finished product! (I’ve skipped quite a few steps in there, but these pictures all came out bad since we had to snap them quickly before the battery died, it kept dying on me…. That’s why they are all blurry, but you get the idea – stinky, kind of gross, but definitely very interesting process!!!!


Well, I’m kind of irritated at how blurry those came out, but oh well. So that’s that!

We’ve got Red Lodge Jr. High Ski trip coming up this weekend. I guess I need to get some new batteries! I know that you can refer to last years trip – it was a good time, this trip is always fun, but I don’t think I ever ended up posting any pictures. It’s so great to be able to take my own pictures now! Thanks to Mom and Dad and the use of their little camera! I take it with me everywhere. But I can see that this blog is starting to get pretty filled up – so since I’m too frugal to purchase more space, I’ll probably have to come up with a new address at some point; but I will let you know!

Other than that, we don’t have a lot going on right now. Sam is busily painting away for his March show, we’ll be posting those paintings on his website as soon as he finishes them (especially since the deadline was Jan. 12 and he just started one of the paintings yesterday – go figure?!)

The Alberta Clipper came through and left cold wind in it’s wake – 10 above right now, feels like 6 below. Isn’t it funny that whenever you get the weather, the words “above” and “below” are ALWAYS included!? Even if it’s the middle of the summer and the temps are suppose to be 80, they’ll always say 80 above! Oh well, when in Rome….

I hope you have a wonderful middle of the week! Post any thoughts if you have them – I love to hear what’s up with you!

Alberta Clipper….

Posted in Blogroll, Charity Youth Events, Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on January 11, 2008 by Sarah

Well, just so you know – the snow was almost gone – we’ve been enjoying near 40 degree weather for the last week! Anyway, it just started getting cold again and since our snow was gone, we were ready for some more…. Well, we are not to be disappointed today! When I came to work, nothing, just cold – we’re talking 17 degrees. One hour after being here, this is what it looks like –


And that was 10  minutes ago – now we have even more! God is good. This is just the view from the front door of my office – that’s why it’s so boring! But from my desk, I can see right out the door and watch the beautiful flakes come flurrying down! Now, I know most of you are thinking – what the heck does she do at work all day that she can take pictures and post them to her blog, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! Well, I have plenty to do, is the answer. But I know my public needs me, so I’ve got my priorities straight! Don’t blame me – it’s the masses who demand me! 🙂 Just kidding! I have the greatest job ever!

Not too much going on here. The River rose a little more, so we went skating again last night, it was perfect ice yet again. Then we went to help a family in our church paint the interior of their home. It’s pretty incredible. They picked this house up and moved it like 3 miles down the road. It was a super old farm house and they are completely redoing it themselves. We went out to help roof once and now paint. We’ve hardly helped at all, but it’s amazing how quickly they are getting it done. So congrats to the Allens!

Other than that, Sunday School and Wednesday night has started back up again. I really enjoyed my break – but I’m excited about the rest of the semester. Is this kind of crazy, but on one hand I love the snow, and am so excited to see it – but I really can’t wait for Spring! I can’t wait to see what kinds of treasures are going to make it through the winter and pop their little heads out in the Spring! I can’t wait to see our yard!!!! Well, we need to make it through the next 3 ski trips, one Jr. High girls weekend, and 1 Youth Conference in Chicago. The youth conference will be really nice – just Sam and I, and we’re trying to make a vacation out of it. So we’re looking for good deals to wherever it’s warm! It’ll be cheaper to fly out of Chicago, so that will help save $$! Anyway, that’s about how it goes for us!

Oh, I just remembered – I’ll have to post next week, but another family in our church has invited us over to their home to turn all our deer meat into sausage! Usually you just take all that to the Butcher and pay however much a lb. and they give it back to you as sausage. But this family makes their own. So we’re going to go over tonight and tomorrow and they are getting a lot of pork and we’re going to make our own. I know this sounds kind of hick or something, but I’m so excited. I’ve never done this before and I’m always up for a new adventure – I’ll try to get pictures!

Let’s see…anything else – Oh, I don’t know if you ever check, but Sam has been updating his website – Let us know what you think – feedback is necessary! He’s crazy painting for this ACC show coming up in March. Just didn’t know what to paint and now, it’s come to him! He’s doing this great picture of a little girl holding a candlestick in the dark, with her face illuminated – “This Little Light of Mine” I can’t wait to see it! And if he can get it done in time, a second one with her little brother holding an old fashioned lantern – “Thy Word is a Lamp Unto my Feet” So we’ll be sure to post them when he’s done!

Last but certainly not least – John is in Colorado for some intense, alternative treatments. So he’s out of town for the next 3 weeks at least – if you can pray for him, it’d be really great. And pray that things run smoothly back here in town while he’s away with work and home and family. Thanks!

So I’ll post again on Monday – hopefully with pictures of Sausage Making! 🙂